Really does make me despair that people are unwilling to be a bit more patient with players, especially young players. Insua is case and point as youve said. Comes in to a struggling team where no one is playing well and despite years of looking like a top prospect and progressing very well he is labelled as shite by a lot of 'supporters' because he comes in and isnt immediately as good as Maldini. Never mind his crossing ability, work rate, tackling ability that he'd show for years in the reserves and at times in the 1st team. Get skinned a few times or out paced and you're shot. Poor sod.
It bothers me that we only talk in extremes.
If you think Ngog isn't good enough, then you're obviously an idiot, a knee-jerking reactionary who isn't a proper supporter and hasn't got the wit and intelligence to judge things properly.
I think Ngog isn't good enough.
I didn't think Insua was good enough.
I think that because neither of them look accomplished on the ball, and neither have anything in their locker that is stand-out.
Insua's positional problems were well known, but positional sense can be taught. Decision making can be improved, but is more of an innate skill. At the other end of the scale things like pace can't be taught or improved at all, and are either there or not.
Insua isn't fast enough to be a top left-back in the modern game. His tackling is ok, he has a good motor on him, he has a decent cross and his attitude is superb. A Dirk Kuyt of a left-back, if you will. Is he shite? No, course not. But he's not at the level to which I aspire.
Similarly Ngog. He's a decent striker, good finish on him, but he doesn't have a lot of pace, has no strength on the ball, distinctly average ability in the air and his not technically a tricky player who'll take people on with skill.
He's alright. As a 4th choice striker there's nothing wrong with him, but he's not top class and never will be top class. There's simply too much missing from his game that can't be taught. There's no reason to get rid at all, unless he wants to leave. But lets not make out he's got it in him to be a great striker and anyone who says otherwise isn't a proper supporter - because that's just bollocks.